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Catalunya: DAMS race two report

Barcelone, race 2 : Second race, second rostrum finish! Today, DAMS raced in the short GP2 Series race on the Catalonian circuit, a curtain raiser for the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. Jerome d'Ambrosio, who started from sixth place on the grid after...

Barcelone, race 2 : Second race, second rostrum finish!

Today, DAMS raced in the short GP2 Series race on the Catalonian circuit, a curtain raiser for the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. Jerome d'Ambrosio, who started from sixth place on the grid after his third position yesterday, put in another great drive. He made a perfect getaway and was up into second spot after the first corner. Later, he was passed by Romain Grosjean, but he was able to keep up the pace and finished third for the second time this weekend.

Kamui Kobayashi was handicapped by a problem at the start. The Japanese was on pole but made a sluggish getaway. He was fifth at the end of lap 1, and this is where he stayed till the chequered flag scoring his first points of the 2009 GP2 Series season.

Jerome d'Ambrosio's 10 points put him in second place overall in the drivers' ratings. After 3-points scoring finishes in two races, DAMS is currently lying second in the teams' overall classification after the first round. The squad is now looking forward to the next event in 2 weeks' time in the streets of Monaco.

Eric Boullier, team manager: "We're pretty satisfied with the first weekend. Even if things haven't worked out according to plan, we've bagged a reasonable haul of points. Kamui and Jerome both used their experience in the series to find the right balance between attack and restraint in the two races. It's proof of a reasoned, calm approach. Now, we have to work to close the small performance gap to the leading team."

Jerome d'Ambrosio, 6th on the grid, 3rd at the finish

"I managed to squeeze by on the outside in the first corner and gained several places, which determined the outcome of my race. I had to look after the tyre wear so as not to have problems at the end. This is what I did once I was firmly installed in third place. I'm satisfied with the weekend. Two rostrum finishes in two races is a good start. Now I have to get up onto the highest step. I hope it'll be in Monaco!"

Kamui Kobayashi, pole position, 5th at the finish

"I'm disappointed. When you start from pole your aim is to win the race. The result was decided for me when the lights went out. I wasn't able to accelerate properly, maybe because my tyres were too cold and I lost several places in the long straight before the first corner. Barcelona is a circuit on which overtaking is very difficult, so I was forced to stay in fifth place throughout the race. It's a bit frustrating but I try to look on the bright side of things; I've scored points today and that's what I'll have to do in each round if I want to win the title this year."

-credit: dams

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Series GP2
Drivers Kamui Kobayashi , Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Teams DAMS